Operation Cue (1955)
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- Atomic-nuclear: Weapons
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- U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration
Nice image of woman in slacks and a scarf walking towards the Civil Defense Operations building (looks like it's in a barrack or a trailer) at the Atomic Energy Commission's Nevada test site.
worth noting: Good aerial view (low to the ground) of test houses along the Nevada test site. Looks eerieÑranch style homes in the middle of the desert.(7:13:55- 7:19:02)
¥ 7:46:84- 8:05:50
Extremely creepy series of shots of mannequins lined up outside at the test site. First we see several men lining them up (one of them looks at the camera). Next we see bizarre close ups of the 1950s style mannequins with the blue sky behind them. Wind goes through their clothing making them look animated. The final mannequin looks like Frank Sinatra and has no arms.
¥ 10:34:98- 11:07:50
Series of disturbing images of test homes being blown away by the explosion of the bomb. Perhaps too clichZ<caron>...
¥ 12:13:09- 12:20:38
A man in a construction hat walks about the rubble the explosion caused (only 24 hrs. after the bomb went off).
¥ 13:04:49- 13:12:93
Excellent pan of power lines lying on or leaning to their sides due to the blast. The desert looks beautifulÑwe see the dark mountains in the distance and the sky is blue.
worth noting: Observers of the blast line up for food in the middle of the test site.(13:50:33- 13:58:82)
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Subject: Operation Cute 1955
Subject: Consider the Physics and Facts and Leave Behind Emotion, Fear and Misconception
Let me mention this again: it seems VERY apparent that this was a VERY low-yield weapon. Possibly around 10 kt.
Do you think they didn't send in people to test those sites thoroughly before they let the media in? Even in the 50s the government was paranoid about "looking good".
My point is:
Although I would've taken more precautions and of course the government would as well nowadays, that doesn't mean that they were being completely reckless.
People's conception of the destructive power of nuclear weapons and ESPECIALLY radiation are horrendously exaggerated--verging on paranoia and mass hysteria and surrounded by a giant, mystical veil of ignorance (the word meaning "not knowing" in this sense; definitely not an insult).
If any of you guys are interested in learning more about the the physics of nuclear detonations, let me know. I would love to recommend some literature to get you started.
Subject: What? No Geiger Counters!
not one Geiger counter is shown. 24 hours after the blast they are walking around in t-shirts. I didn't even see anyone wearing gloves. This was a clean blast with zero fallout? They didn't even say the word fallout! How many of these people at the site ended up being off the charts statistically with cancer developing later? That is the real test. No, they had to show that they could all chow down at the "safe" outer perimeter away from ground zero. Nuts and MAD. See the difference between dosemeters and counters at radmeters4u dot com.
Subject: A Couple of Brains
Watch this and know your potential.
Subject: Fact or Fiction
Subject: Apocalypse Management
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Subject: Cue the bomb!
The two operation cues detail the bomb explosions that happened in Nevada. What starts off these films hilariously is the dismissal of these films at the very start of them. Like, this is an important film, but it's irrelevant now. A 'reporter' named Joan Collin (the name of the reporter is dropped in the later version) drops by before the blast and familiarizes herself with all the stuff that will be blown up into smithereens. I found it hilarious that the male narrator would come on basically after that and narrate the piece, and the woman would come on with silly female asides as 'being a mother and a house wife, I was quite interested about the food tests"
Soon, the bomb hits, and everything goes boom. 24 hours later of course, everything is fine, and they go trolloping around the site as if everything is hunky dory. The whole thing ends off, as it shoot with a cook-out. Why, who knows. A bizarre classic, and a must see on this site!
But if my experience is indicative of others, a hush overtook the laughter when the bomb was detonated, a reminder that this living nightmare spawned a palpable insecurity that defined more than one generation of Americans.
If "Operation Cue" is of interest, read Tom Vanderbilt's "Survival City." It makes sense of the seemingly random events seen in the movie, and it is one of my favorite books of all time.
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Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ***. Also available on Atomic Scare Films, Vol. 2 and The H-Bomb and Other Smash Hits.